The South African squad produced a mixed bag of results in preliminary rounds on Wednesday, highlighted by some encouraging performances on the track and in the field on the fifth day of competition at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
On the track, Marione Fourie was sixth in her 100m hurdles semifinal in 12.89 seconds, crossing the line 0.29 outside the time required to secure a place in the final.
Earlier, all three SA men competing in the 200m heats made it through to the semifinals of the half-lap event.
Luxolo Adams was seventh fastest overall, taking third place in his heat in a season's best 20.15, while Sinesipho Dambile (20.34) and Shaun Maswanganyi (20.56) also finished third in their respective heats.
They will turn out again in the 200m semifinals on Thursday.
Also delivering a fine performance, Prudence Sekgodiso finished second in her first-round 800m heat in 1:59.72, progressing automatically to the semifinals to be held on Friday.
In the field, African champion Jo-Ane van Dyk made it safely through the first round of the women's javelin throw, sending the spear sailing out to 60.09m to take 10th place in the qualifying round.
In the opening round of the men's pole vault, Kyle Rademeyer cleared 5.70m, ending 15th overall and falling just five centimetres short of a place in the final.
Cheswill Johnson settled for 26th place in the qualifying round of the men's long jump with a 7.61m leap. He too was knocked out from the competition.
Schedule of SA athletes, Day 6 (Thursday, 24 August):
7am - 35km walk, men (Wayne Snyman)
8.20pm - 200m semifinals, men (Shaun Maswanganyi, Luxolo Adams, Sinesipho Dambile)
9.35pm - 400m final, men (Wayde van Niekerk).
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Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Race Walking) in South Africa, is a member of World Athletics and the Confederation of African Athletics. The association was formed in 1995 and is based in Johannesburg.